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Definition exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
  • the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
  • a craven proposal to raise the white flag
  • A horrible quaking, craven fear possessed her soul.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Must I slink like a craven because I've lost the love of one man?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • They lodged, I find, at the Mexborough Private Hotel, in Craven Street, which was actually one of those called upon by my agent in search of evidence.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I saw on that ivory face the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror—of an intense and hopeless despair.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I nod, feeling craven for the lie.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • He smiled back at her with the sudden, craven weakness of the utterly spiritless creature which these crushing words had made of him.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • The vigilantes were bolstering up the craven Frenchy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • There was nothing I could do for Faith, or for Aphra, so I gave way to my craven impulse and fled from that place as fast as my legs would propel me.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • It was class hate first, then the hate of real manhood for a craven, then the hate of disgrace for a murder.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Oliver needed no prompting to despatch, and in little more than five minutes they were on their way to Craven Street.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She resorts to craven, apologetic giggling, which annoys them further, and me also.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • And they fretted because they could do nothing for him in return; they felt so craven sitting on softness and attending the course of the law.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • In the meantime Thomas Mugridge, like a drowned rat, was being dragged out from under the forecastle head where he had cravenly ensconced himself.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • They do not themselves clearly know their proper place, and they are almost always either insolent or craven.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • I did an inexplicable and, I'm afraid, craven thing then.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Part of him, a craven, cowardly part which would rather risk losing Misery forever than look upon the inevitable results of such a mistake, denied it.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • What has come over you, to make you think the Akhaians weak and craven as you say?
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Mitty looked at him and at the craven figure of Benbow, who drank, and at the grave, uncertain faces of the two great specialists.
    James Thurber  --  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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